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GAIT Phones on Cingular

Discussion in 'Northeastern US Wireless Forum' started by wangta01, Dec 8, 2005.

  1. wangta01

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    Hi guys,

    Just wondering if anybody is still using the GAIT phones for Cingular Wireless. I remember reading almost a year ago that people had really good coverage with these phones, which are remnants of the old AT&T service. I'm considering moving to Cingular and would want to get a couple GAIT phones for my parents that live in Vermont. GAIT seems ideal, since they can jump on GSM, TDMA and Analog service. I'm just not sure that if I sign up for servcie with Cingular, that I'll be able to use this service. Perhaps GAIT service is just grandfathered for pre-existing AT&T accounts?

    Any comments would be helpful!

    Thanks!
     
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    Gait is grandfathered for existing customers. If you tried to activate a GAIT phone now all they will activate are the GSM features of the phone. TDMA and analog will not function. Cingular is currently in the process of trying to get their current customers w/ gait phones to upgrade them. Eventually if not upgraded current gait customers will only access GSM functions as Cingular shuts down the TDMA network.

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    Cingular's moving everyone to GSM. I would highly doubt that they would let anyone sign up on a GAIT plan anymore. Those plans are no longer offered. They are shutting down analog and TDMA.

    I had GAIT coverage in 2003-2004, which they let me have at the same price as my TDMA plan. I switched to GSM coverage when we started a family plan in late 2004 with ATT just before they merged.

    When I was in NH, the GAIT coverage was certainly nice, as there was very little GSM at that time.

    I am sure there are some out there with GAIT phones, but I am sure the phone will search as hard as it can for a Cingular GSM tower before even trying for a TDMA or analog one.

    Are you already with ATT?

    Depending on where they are in Vermont, service can be spotty. Near major highways, better, but near mountains, etc., not so great.
     
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    I'm currently not with ATT/Cingular, but I'm on the phone with them trying to sign up. I'm wanted a GAIT phone because the roaming agreement with Cingular in Vermont uses Unicel, which uses both both analog and GSM. I just wanted to maximize the chances of getting a signal, plus i heard the nokia gait phone is very reliable.

    Crap, maybe i'll have to just go with a tri band GSM phone?
     
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    A tri-band? I don't think Cingular sells anything that isn't a quad-band now. Provides really nice coverage options.
     
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    Anyone have any Cingular phones they recommend? Would like to have maximum RF and don't need the bells and whistles (IE: camera, etc).
     
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    It is going to be hard to get a stripped down phone w/o a camera. I know the MOtorola V3 Razr does extremely well, and it has a lot of features. It is available for $99 w/ rebate from Cingular, and I think Wal-Mart is selling them w/ Cingular service for $68. Very affordable considering this time last year it was a $600 phone.

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    Wow, $68?? Thats crazy.

    I really like the razor (whats not to like), but for my parents - i think it would be a disaster. My parents are not all into high tech gadgets...especially fragile ones. I'm guessing that they would drop it or something and it would shatter. I'm leaning toward a nokia? Those suckers look compact and shatterproof!
     
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    I have the GAIT feature on my plan for my Nokia 6340i, which I have had and used since its intoduction. I also have a NEC 525 with GPRS, which I'd like to try out MediaNet with. Since I'd have to designate a new primary phone, and lose forever GAIT, I'm not using MediaNet.

    That said, I have just made a journey from Memphis to Monroe, LA that via US and state highways that needed GAIT two years ago. I left my SIM in the 525, and roamed with RCC Unicel (310-890) in Mississippi and Centennial (310-030) in Louisiana. I only saw weak unusable Cingular signal south of Eudora, AR; then in Kilborne, LA and south, plenty of Centennial signal.

    I think the GAIT age is passing on....
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    A friend of mine has a Razr and she drops it all the time. There's not even a scratch on it. Its very durable.
     
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    It is possible to activate GAIT in POS. I managed to add GAIT to a new activation last week with a 6340i that we had in our inventory.
     
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    I'm very suprised. I figured they would treat it as a TDMA activation and deny it.
     
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    Hello-

    You can still get GAIT service added to an existing GSM account for no extra costs. I live in Connecticut and Vermont and I use a GSM only phone while in Connecticut but move my sim card to a Nokia 6340I for both GSM and GAIT coverage in Vermont. Some areas of Vermont still do not have GSM coverage but the TDMA or Analog service you receive with the GAIT phone works fine in these areas.
     
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    Huh. I tried asking Cingular to add GAIT to account and they told me that they no longer did that for new accounts. How long have you been with cingular? I'm guessing that you are a former at&t customer?
     
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    Go to an agent. It is a difficult work-around process but it can be done. PVT me for more info.
     

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